Clearwater squashes farmer's market at Countryside High
Zoning rules have blocked Richard Kendler, the Dunedin man who last week lost his longtime management contract for that city's Green Market, from launching a new venture in Clearwater.
For weeks, Kendler had been advertising the Nov. 10 opening of an open-air Sunday market on Countryside High School's parking lot. Pinellas County school officials had said a portion of proceeds from the weekly market, set to run through mid May, would be donated to the school.
However, confusion arose this week after city officials caught wind of the plan and informed both Kendler and the school district that farmer's markets run afoul of city code, which forbids "itinerant sales" on private property except in short-term cases (such as for Christmas tree or pumpkin sales).
Officials acknowledge that internal miscommunication may have led Kendler to believe he had the city's permission. But City Manager Bill Horne ultimately said that code enforcement would cite the market if it opened.